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Boxing idol Pacquiao turns into a rabid Celtics fan

The world’s boxing idol turned into an eager fan on Sunday after Boston Celtics players showed up in his Las Vegas fight, and rejoiced over his victory against Mexican-American pugilist David Diaz. Manny Pacquiao, who was crowned as World Boxing Council’s lightweight champ, was elated by Celtics’ presence, especially by Kevin Garnett who is Pacman’s favorite. The Celtics, who recently won the NBA finals, reportedly reserved 16 tickets to watch and support Pacquiao in his fight at the Mandalay Events Center. Immediately after the bout, the cagers went to Pacquiao’s room to congratulate the boxer in getting his fourth world title. The Celtics, among them Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Sam Cassel posed with Pacquiao for a photo shoot. In an interview with Chino Trinidad on Sunday, Pacquiao said his other dream — that of seeing the Celtics watch his fight — came true. “Alam mo, sabi ko, bago ako lumaban at natapos ‘yong NBA finals at Celtics and nag-champion, sana ma-imbita ko ang Celtics. Nagkataon na nandito sila sa Vegas, so inimbita ko (sila). Nagpasalamat naman ako na pina-unlakan nila ang imbitasyon ko," he said. (Before I fought and after the Celtics won at the NBA finals, I was hoping that I could invite the Celtics. It so happened that they were in Las Vegas, so I invited them and they agreed to watch my fight) Seeing his idols watch his bout was an overwhelming experience for Pacman. Sobra-sobrang saya at nanalo ako at pinanood ako ng mga idol ko (I was so happy my idols watched my fight). Did Pacquiao ever think that one day he would be on top the world? He said he didn’t. But because he trusted God so much, “binigyan niya ako ng blessings" (he gave me blessings). - GMANews.TV